NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
vs
AMD Radeon R9 280X

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 280X
GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB AMD Radeon R9 280X
Price $ 170.0 $ 350.0 180 (106%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 63C 71C 8 (13%)
Max Fan Noise 42.2dB 50.9dB 8.7 (21%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 600W 130 (28%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 66.9 FPS 52.5 FPS 14.4 (22%)
Average 1440p Performance 47.9 FPS 37.3 FPS 10.6 (22%)
Average 4K Performance 28.1 FPS 23.3 FPS 4.8 (17%)
Memory 3 GB 3 GB 0 (0%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 2.5 $ 5.7 3.2 (128%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 3.6 $ 8.0 4.4 (122%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 12.8 6.7 (110%)
Overall Combination Score 81/100 57/100 24 (30%)
Our Verdict: For the most part, the R9 280X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, the is an option for upgrade. Upgrading from R9 280X to GTX 1060 3GB is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1060 3GB .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
53
59.8
40
45.0
2019 Anthem
34
38.5
26
29.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
50
56.5
38
42.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
67
74.8
47
52.9
2019 Metro Exodus
29
33.3
21
23.6
2019 World War Z
56
62.3
45
50.0
2018 Just Cause 4
45
50.9
30
34.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
49
54.8
33
36.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
63
70.4
42
47.2
2017 For Honor
84
93.9
56
62.9
2017 Project CARS 2
59
66.5
40
44.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
68
76.0
48
54.0
2016 Dishonored 2
43
48.5
29
32.5
2015 Rocket League
246
273.8
165
183.4
2015 Need For Speed
68
75.9
45
50.8
2015 Project CARS
65
72.7
43
48.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
114
127.5
80
89.1
2014 Thief
59
66.6
47
52.4
2013 Bioshock Infinite
95
106.0
66
73.9
2013 Company of Heroes 2
49
55.5
40
45.1
2013 Crysis 3
51
57.4
55
61.2
2013 GRID 2
103
114.5
82
91.7
2013 Metro: Last Light
61
68.4
48
54.4
2013 Total War: Rome 2
65
72.6
47
53.1
2013 Battlefield 4
72
81.0
49
54.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
169
187.8
113
125.8
2009 League of Legends
316
352.0
212
235.8
2008 Crysis: Warhead
62
69.2
56
62.5

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
35
44.5
26
33.5
2019 Anthem
24
30.6
18
23.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
35
43.9
26
33.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
50.3
28
35.6
2019 Metro Exodus
20
25.9
14
18.3
2019 World War Z
36
45.5
29
36.5
2018 Just Cause 4
30
37.6
20
25.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
30
38.4
20
25.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
40
50.9
27
34.1
2017 For Honor
43
54.8
29
36.7
2017 Project CARS 2
37
46.9
25
31.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
58
72.7
38
48.7
2016 Dishonored 2
33
41.5
22
27.8
2015 Rocket League
93
117.3
62
78.6
2015 Need For Speed
46
58.7
31
39.3
2015 Project CARS
44
55.5
29
37.2
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
66
82.5
46
57.6
2014 Thief
36
45.3
28
36.1
2013 Bioshock Infinite
55
69.2
37
47.2
2013 Company of Heroes 2
28
35.9
24
30.0
2013 Crysis 3
28
35.9
33
41.5
2013 GRID 2
65
82.0
53
66.9
2013 Metro: Last Light
45
57.2
35
44.0
2013 Total War: Rome 2
37
47.0
27
33.8
2013 Battlefield 4
41
51.8
28
36.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
125
156.5
83
104.8
2009 League of Legends
156
195.6
104
131.0
2008 Crysis: Warhead
34
43.6
33
41.7

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
18
26.6
14
20.0
2019 Anthem
11
16.6
8
12.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
16
23.3
12
17.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
24.8
12
17.6
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.3
8
11.5
2019 World War Z
18
26.2
14
21.0
2018 Just Cause 4
13
19.6
9
13.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
18.4
8
12.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
24
35.2
16
23.6
2017 For Honor
19
27.3
12
18.3
2017 Project CARS 2
27
39.1
18
26.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
42
61.0
28
40.9
2016 Dishonored 2
22
32.8
15
22.0
2015 Rocket League
38
54.8
25
36.7
2015 Need For Speed
27
39.1
18
26.2
2015 Project CARS
27
39.1
18
26.2
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
38.2
18
26.7
2013 GRID 2
30
43.6
27
38.7
2013 Total War: Rome 2
14
21.4
21
30.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
98
140.8
66
94.3
2009 League of Legends
54
78.2
36
52.4
2008 Crysis: Warhead
28
41.0
26
37.9
GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 280X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 280X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 280X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 3GB can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 3GB is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 3GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 1060 3GB 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. With current 3072 MB RAM, the GTX 1060 3GB can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon R9 280X / i7-3770K

For the most part, the R9 280X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. It is worth noting that the R9 280X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. This combination between R9 280X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 280X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the R9 280X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

GTX 1060 3GB vs R9 280X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
Length9.823 inches 250 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W250 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
Boost Clock1708 MHz1000 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz850 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective 1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 18th, 2016Oct 8th, 2013

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.25.1
Vulkan1.1.961.1.77

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
ArchitecturePascalGCN 1.0
Die Size200 mm²352 mm²
GPU NameGP106Tahiti
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors4,400 million4,313 million

Memory

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s 288.0 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit384 bit
Memory Size30723072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
ROPs4832
Shading Units11522048
TMUs72128

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 3GB R9 280X
FP32 (float) performance3,935 GFLOPS 4,096 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)1,024 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate81.98 GPixel/s 32.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate123.0 GTexel/s 128.0 GTexel/s

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